How to switch from GB WhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus To The Official WhatsApp App

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Some WhatsApp users have found their accounts temporally banned, and the developers of the app have made a statement to say that this is because those accounts use apps like GB WhatsApp and WhatsApp Plus, both of which are unsupported, altered versions of the official WhatsApp app.

Over the years, WhatsApp has grown to become a worldwide chatting platform that helps connect family, friends, colleges and so much more together regardless of distance. That in itself is the exact idea behind the evolution of telecommunication over time. The benefits of WhatsApp over normal messaging is that it cost less, and it is more far-reaching in its uses.

WhatsApp is an application that offers centralized messaging and voice-over IP to its users, and it has been growing stronger ever since it’s inception in the year 2009. At the moment, the application is owned by Facebook. Now we have talked about WhatsApp, let us delve into the main topic, which is “GB WhatsApp” and why its users are called out, first let us find out what it is all about then we will talk about why we should be worried.

What is GB WhatsApp?

What is GB WhatsApp?

GB WhatsApp is a MOD of the actual WhatsApp messenger application. What that means is that it is a modified version of the main application that can be installed on any Android device with some extra features baked into the software.

How can you get the GB WhatsApp application? The application can be downloaded from a web browser by searching for it and downloading it as an APK file. The application can be downloaded on either Android or iOS.

One major reason most people choose to download and use the GB WhatsApp application as against the main WhatsApp messenger application is because of the level of customization it brings to the table and some other extra features that it offers. But are these reasons actually enough for you to trust this unofficial application with your personal information? Is the application available on Google PlayStore or the Apple App Store? Is it safe?

The GB WhatsApp application is not available on either the Google PlayStore or the Apple App Store, unlike the WhatsApp messenger application, which is readily available on either of the app stores mentioned. This is because the app is not owned by Facebook (the actual owners of WhatsApp) and it is not also recognized by either app stores in question.

Is GB WhatsApp safe? Not exactly. By using GB, you are not guaranteed of the security offered by Facebook as contained in its safety and privacy policy. This is simply because it is owned and run by a body other than Facebook. Using it means you are handing your personal information to an “unknown” body or organization.

Why should GB WhatsApp Users be concerned?

One can immediately conclude that GB WhatsApp is a clear case of piracy. This modified app uses the original source codes that were used to develop the main WhatsApp messenger application, but without permission from the owners of WhatsApp messenger. There is every possibility that your chats on GB WhatsApp are being monitored and do not use the end-to-end encryption used in WhatsApp.

The main reason why users of this unofficial app should be concerned is because WhatsApp has decided to take action against users that are on unofficial apps by banning their accounts permanently. So to be on the safer side, it is advisable that you switch over to the regular WhatsApp messenger application.

This move by WhatsApp will not only affect GB WhatsApp Users but also the users of WhatsApp Plus, as the application is also unofficial. As a matter of fact, to be on the safe side, you should stay off using any modified version of WhatsApp.

How to switch to from GB WhatsApp to the official WhatsApp app

Follow the steps below to switch from WhatsApp Plus to the official app.

  1. Wait for your temporary ban to end. The timer will show you the length of the ban.
  2. In GB WhatsApp, tap More options > Chats > Back up chats.
  3. Go to Phone Settings > tap Storage > Files.
  4. Find the folder GB WhatsApp and tap and hold to select it.
  5. In the upper right corner tap More > Rename and rename the folder to “WhatsApp”.
  6. Launch the Play Store and download the official WhatsApp app. If you can’t access the Play Store, download the app here.
  7. In WhatsApp, verify your phone number.
  8. On the Backup found screen, tap Restore > Next.
  9. WhatsApp should load with your existing chats. WhatsApp says there is no guarantee, though, as they do not support unofficial apps.

How to switch to from WhatsApp Plus to the official WhatsApp app

Follow the steps below to switch from WhatsApp Plus to the official app.

  1. On your device, open WhatsApp Plus and save your chat history to increase your chances of having your chats carried over to the official app. There is no guarantee that they will get carried over, as WhatsApp does not support unofficial apps.
  2. Launch Play Store and download the WhatsApp app. If you can’t access the Play Store, download the app here.
  3. Verify your phone number.

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